August 3rd, 2009
06:35 PM ET

The Boss: retirement age, but not retiring

Is that really Bruce Springsteen on the cover of "AARP: The Magazine?!" 

Clad in jeans, a black button-down and wielding his signature Telecaster guitar, The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer looks fit and fierce as he graces the September/October issue of the publication for the American Association of Retired Persons.  To the left of his head reads the headline: "The Boss turns 60."  Inside the magazine, friends like Bonnie Raitt, bandmate Nils Lofgren and Tim Russert's son, Luke, offer first-person insights about the man, the myth, the legend.  There's even a bit written by Jon Landau, Springsteen's longtime manager - which means the cover story probably got The Boss' blessing. 

Was it a "senior moment" - or was it just smart marketing? AARP claims it's the "world"s largest circulation magazine," reaching a potential readership of 35 million people.  Besides auto insurance ads and articles about surviving prostate cancer, the mag also name checks such over-40 celebs as Olivia Newton-John, Montel Williams and Faith Hill

Oh, by the way - if you're itching to see Springsteen's October 3rd concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey, visit .  The winner gets a free pair of tix, plus VIP passes to the E Street Lounge, where the band's friends and families gather before the show.  If you're retired, you'll have plenty of time to sign up for the sweepstakes.

August 3rd, 2009
05:44 PM ET

"Jon & Kate" return tonight

It’s been a few weeks since we have gotten to spend some “TLC” time with the Gosselins.

I just got back from a weeklong vacation and I couldn’t pick up a magazine, newspaper or turn on a morning talk show without being met with some update on Jon’s love life – and there were a few.

The promos for tonight’s show have Kate attempting to put together a tent by herself so that she can take her kids camping. Very respectable, and I am sure it will be very cute, but I have got to tell you, if this is what’s being offered up as new episodes, I’m not biting.

Personally, I am more interested in seeing how “Jon & Kate” address the constant throng of paparazzi outside their gates. How do you explain to a 5 year old why there are people standing outside of his house screaming at his parents and snapping pictures?  I know that these kids grew up with video cameras, but they are not used to paparazzi who often shout things to get a reaction from their subjects.

I want to see how Jon and Kate are helping their kids deal with this from the inside – give us a glimpse of that.  Plus, give us some reassurance that those eight adorable children of yours are unfazed by all of this.  I’m not a psychic, but I would say if you can do all this, “Jon & Kate Plus 8” will pull in big ratings.

What do you think? Will you be watching tonight?

Be sure to stay with Showbiz Tonight for continuing coverage of Jon and Kate Gosselin – 11pm ET/PT on HLN!

August 3rd, 2009
10:47 AM ET

Ridley Scott to direct ‘Alien’ prequel

Face-huggers, a killer creature with way too many teeth and, of course, the chest-bursting scene.

Ridley Scott unleashed a monster that’s been scaring fans for 30 years when he directed the sci-fi classic “Alien” in 1979.

The film spawned three sequels and a couple of “Alien vs. Predator” movies.

Now Scott has signed up to direct a prequel to “Alien,” Variety reports.

The original, starring Sigourney Weaver and Tom Skerritt, followed the crew of the commercial space ship Nostromo as it responds to a beacon from a mysterious planet and finds itself becoming prey to a parasitic monster.

In the film’s most infamous scene, John Hurt’s character Kane, seen in the photo on the right, “gives birth” to the creature.

No word yet on the plot of the prequel, but fans are speculating whether the movie would focus on the crashed alien spaceship and the giant skeletonized “space jockey” the Nostromo crew encounters on the planet.

Fans are also wondering whether Weaver would make an appearance in the new film, but the actress says it’s unlikely she could reprise her role as Ripley.

"I don't see how Ripley could be part of a prequel," Weaver told MTV news, adding that she’s looking forward to the new film.

"I'm glad Ridley's connected to it because I know it will be classy," she said.

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August 3rd, 2009
10:13 AM ET

'True Blood' - dead or alive?

Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, August 2, episode of “True Blood.”

Can anyone remember a show that dropped more cliffhangers on the viewer in the last couple of minutes than “True Blood” does?


It’s not like the first 50 minutes or so are devoid of action. But Sunday’s episode, “Release Me,” was a vintage example of the last-minute craziness – leaving a few characters dead, mostly dead, possibly dead or as good as dead right before the credits roll.

But which is it? As we saw in the first minutes of this week’s episode, escape is always possible. [Of course, it helps if, like Sam, you have the ability to turn yourself into bird of prey and scram.]

So here, with no advance knowledge or insight, are some guesses as to who’s really made their final blood donation and whose heart will keep beating to bleed another day. Worth noting that the series is ahead of my very limited reading of the Sookie Stackhouse novels and, as we’ve seen time and again, the makers of the TV series have strayed far from the books many times anyway.

Death candidate No. 1: Daphne

We learned a little about why Maryann might keep “Eggs” Benedict around and got a not-surprising look at how she treats friends who don’t live up to her expectations. While Daphne’s got the whole shape-shifting thing going for her, that knife in the gut looked pretty convincing and it’s generally not good for your life expectancy to anger an immortal handmaiden of a Greek god.
Likelihood of death:
95 percent

Death candidate No. 2: Gabe
The Fellowship of the Sun goon would certainly be expendable - plenty more where he came from. And being snatched up by the ear by a 2,000-year-old vampire can’t be a good thing. But is it really a coincidence that Godric showed up just in the nick of time? I still can’t quite get my brain around how Eric’s “scared little boys with Bibles and crossbows” could have captured a vampire so powerful. Maybe there’s something more to his capture, maybe not. But I’ll say the mystery gives ol’ Gabe a fighting chance.
Likelihood of a well-deserved death: 50 percent

Death candidate No. 3: Jason Stackhouse
Love kills, Jason. And maybe so does a raging case of lust with the preacher’s wife. Either way, Sarah Newlin blasts the dim-but-likable Jason with a Godzilla-sized pistol at the end of the episode. He was worried that his dalliance with Sarah would do him in. But, instead, he’s blasted for something he didn’t even do by the woman he was rolling around with just hours earlier. They’ve thrown us curve balls before, but it’s hard to imagine the show’s creators are going to snuff out a fan favorite like Jason.
Likelihood of a death that would break the hearts of half the show’s viewers: 25 percent

Unrelated but happy note: HBO announced recently at Comic-Con that “True Blood” has been renewed for a third season.

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August 3rd, 2009
08:31 AM ET

'Entourage': Running on E

Let's begin right at the point where Andrew Klein's dignity goes "buh-bye" and he officially reaches the level of "schmuck emeritus."

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Can we talk about a guy falling face down? Good grief, Charlie Brown. I know the forecasts in this blog have called for "cloudy with NO chance for this meatball," but Andrew Klein has delivered beyond my wildest dreams.  We can talk about a guy being hated in record time, but the interesting thing about this is his personal/professional implosion hasn't even fully blossomed yet.  Last night's stage one was just awful. Stage two? EPIC.

I expect this story line to play itself out until the bitter end with Klein doing something in the neighborhood of spontaneously combusting in the Miller-Gold offices. It's going to get uglier. Stay tuned for the aforementioned stage two.

As for the rest of the show, a few different angles were covered well.  We got to see more Johnny Drama this week with his "love interest testing" and the perfectly chosen music tracks that accompanied each scene. The timing was outstanding and every song was downright euphoric.

Also, we were given a dose of Eric and Ashley's "midday office tryst." I must admit, Ashley's emergence as a character is confusing and "wrinkles my forehead," if you will. It feels like she's likable for a moment, but then I smack myself for such a thought and all is well once again.

Meanwhile, the sad, comical concept of Turtle school shopping can be summed up simply with the sight of him in argyle. Argyle? Really?

And, as usual, EVERY Ari Gold scene was compelling and great to watch. Jeremy Piven's mastery of this character seems to enter another stratosphere each season and this one is no exception.

By the way, I have made a personal note to tell anyone who asks if they can talk to me to "remind me who they are" all day today. I'll let you know how that goes.

Sloan is set to return for next week's show. She's booked the boys to play in a golf tournament with Tom Brady and "Marky Mark" Wahlberg. Now that should be interesting.

Loved, liked or hated this week's show? Let us know!

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